UPDATE: A Public Relations Representative for Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' and Splitsville Luxury Lanes has reached out to the Lost Bros with the following statement:
"In this unprecedented time and after much deliberation, we were faced with the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue for several months. It was clear that we had to set a course that would allow Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen and Splitsville Luxury Lanes to be resilient so that at the end of this uncertain road we would have a business for all of our employees to return to. Other hospitality companies nationwide have chosen to follow similar paths. It is the most difficult decision we have ever faced.
Our actions will allow our hourly teams to take advantage of their unemployment benefits and any other government assistance that will come available because of this crisis. In addition to their final checks for hours worked, the company will continue to pay health insurance for employees who have elected to participate through April 30, 2020. Also, we are working on a plan to provide daily staff meals.
There is no playbook for this difficult time. Our employees are family and we have immense gratitude for each and every one of them. We pray that that everyone stays safe and healthy."
The original post can be found below:
Effective immediately, all employees of Landry's Restaurant Group, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' are now terminated. This change affects Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs and Disney's Animal Kingdom, Yak and Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom, T-REX Cafe at Disney Springs, Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs, and Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' at Disney Springs.
Multiple employees have come forward online stating that their former employees have announced layoffs via their scheduling software, and are recommending filing for unemployment during this time. Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' released this official statement regarding the issue to its employees:
“The information regarding government mandates and operating restrictions are changing on a daily basis. No one is able to say when we will be able to open again. When looking at all the directives that have been issued during the crisis, and understanding there will be many more to come, it is our opinion that we will not be able to re-open our restaurants for quite some time. We are very sorry to say that we do not know when we will be able to offer you any work hours. Based upon these set of circumstances, we are forced to make the decision to terminate the employment of all our employees, effective immediately. We believe this decision is necessary in an effort to be able to open our doors again in the future. We understand this is difficult, but with no work available in the near future, we feel this will allow all staff members to take advantage of their unemployment benefits and any other government assistance that will come available because of the crisis.“
Employees report that they will not be paid for their remaining shifts, and no form of severance will be offered. None of the restaurants will be shutting down forever, all will reopen at some point with an all-new set of employees.
This of course, is all in response to Walt Disney World shutting down due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the precautionary measures taken to combat it. You can read all we know about the pandemic and how it has affected Disney Parks Worldwide here.